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SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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12/1/11 8:56 A

Hi SPARX1990,

I would not advise that you run in the vest. Doing so could change your form which could lead to an injury any where up or down your kinetic chain--from your feet to your upper back.

As for wearing it outside of running, studies have shown an increase in caloric burn (as to how much will vary according to other factors), bone density (good for helping to prevent osteopenia or osteoporosis) cardio strength (the more weight you are carrying the harder your heart/lungs have to work) and it can help with back strength (by carrying the extra load you will have to keep better posture and biomechanics). So to make a long story short, I don't see the harm (just don't run in it)...just remember though that this is just a small piece of the pie to getting healthy--nutrition and exercise rank higher in meeting our goals.

Coach Nancy

SPARX1990 Posts: 295
12/1/11 12:39 A

Thank you guys! I appreciate the advice :)

JONESINATOR Posts: 1,837
12/1/11 12:24 A

I do not recommend running in it if the vest is not strapped very, very tightly to the body (allowing for breathing obviously) as the jerking around of the vest is likely to either injure you or provide for a poor workout.

You'll get some benefit out of wearing it around, but not a significant amount, as caloric burn really only becomes important and noticeable when heart rate rises to the cardio level (70-90% of max heart rate). Squats in it are fine, push-ups and pull-ups would be as well if you can do those.

One of my best friends also uses it on the stair stepper, though not at an intensely fast speed. Then again, he's been training to become a firefighter in the future, and lugging around 75 pounds of equipment/clothing up stairs in the midst of a fire is a bit different from fitness, but it's the same principle!

JIBBIE49 Posts: 67,653
12/1/11 12:13 A

My son does the P90X work out as he is 24 and he lost about 50# and is down to 192# now, so he got one of those vests to do his work out. It has small "bars" that he can add 5# more as he wants. He only wears it when he is doing the P90X work out, so I don't know about wearing it around the house, but do be careful not to pull any muscles. He's been doing his work out now for over 9 months. His vest goes up to 50#.

SPARX1990 Posts: 295
12/1/11 12:13 A

Basically to increase BMR for the day since it adds 20lbs to me and for strengthening

SPARX1990 Posts: 295
12/1/11 12:12 A

well I just don't really know how I'm supposed to use it. I originally bought it to run/walk with when I exercise but its too lose and there aren't adjustable straps to make it tighter to my body. I do squats with it instead of using free weights. But other than that I just kinda wear it around in hopes of possibly increasing my BMR for the day? Idk if that's stupid or even closely accurate. Any suggestions?

JONESINATOR Posts: 1,837
11/30/11 11:52 P

Not to be a downer, but why exactly are you using it? Just to wear it around the house? I suppose I mean: what's the end you're seeking by using a weighted vest as your means?

If you want to train with it, that's a different story, and there are some good options for training with it if you're careful.

SPARX1990 Posts: 295
11/30/11 11:30 P

Hey everyone!
I just got a weighted vest recently that is 20 pounds. I walk around with it on when I'm at the house because I think it'll burn more calories during my day but I don't actually know. Does anyone know if that is true? And also whats the longest I should wear it for? Its crazy to think that Ive lost that much weight. I'm never going back!

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